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Classic Album Review: Julian Austin | Bulletproof

The country crooner hits the target with the help of sharpshooter Myles Goodwyn.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


They say politics makes strange bedfellows; well, now and then, so does country music.

Case in point: This fourth album from Calgary cowboy crooner Julian Austin was produced by none other than April Wine vintner Myles Goodwin, who also co-wrote a bunch of these songs and plays guitar on several tracks. Not surprisingly, a few of the cuts — notably the boogie-twang novelty Pussycat, the country-rocker I’m So Over You and the roadhouse firecrackers Bar Up in Houston and Ain’t No Changing That — hit you a bit harder and faster than typical country fare. Elsewhere, Goodwin’s experienced hand adds a tasteful polish to Austin’s gruff-voiced tales of blue-collar woe and honky-tonk heartache. All in all, it’s not quite a bulletproof record, but it hits the target often enough to stay in the competition.